The 19th Century

Drumchapel is now in the County of Glasgow, but in the 19th Century it was in the County of Dunbartonshire and thus records from both counties have had to be consulted.

Being in the Parish of Kilpatrick then, its history is closely tied in with the surrounding lands of Garscadden, Drumry and Blairdardie.

It is only in the 20th Century that the actual village of Old Drumchapel was formed.

Previous to that, the area consisted of farms and fields and as such, the area covered by the lands of Drumchapel was fairly extensive. In order to trace the origin of the name of Drumchapel we must go back a few hundred years.

A great many years ago there stood by the roadside, in the village of Drumry, some ecclesial ruins, these were all that remained of the pre-re formation chapel which for centuries ministered the religious needs of that area, and is now contained in the parish of Drumchapel. This Chapel was dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Until the 20 Century, Drumchapel came under the influence of the Parish of Kilpatrick, which was fostered by its mother church, the Abbey of Paisley. Many small chapels came under the influence of the Principal Church, but the one partaining to this area was the chapel of the Virgin Mary of Drumry. Already in existence in the early 14 and 15th Century. And endowed with the lands of Drumchapel.

The most striking feature of our dismet is the two drums or grassy ridges which crossed it in a Northwesterly direction. The Western one is Drumry, said to signify the kings ridge, behind which name lies some history of an old Celto – British chief, who made his settlement upon it’s crest, to the days when the white robed druids stood by their alters practicing their mysterious rites in their temple and groves, these people imposed their cult upon the primitive hunters who lived in Strathclyde at that time.

The Eastern drum, the drum of the chapel, takes us back to the 15th century, when it and the land around was granted to the chapel of the virgin Mary in the Village of Drumry, and thus the name of Drumchapel arose.


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